RES DELIGHTED BY GOVERNMENT APPROVAL OF NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS POWER STATION
Commenting on the positive decision, RES Project Manager Chris Lawson states: "We are delighted and now look forward to taking the project forward to construction and to kick starting this multi-million pound investment in the Blyth Estuary area."
RES is currently in the process of appointing a contractor to construct the proposed North Blyth Biomass Power Station. A decision will be known in November 2013 at the earliest. Once we are able to announce who will be awarded the contract and who to direct supplier and employment-related queries to, a notice will appear on our news page.
Please contact us with any questions.
25 September 2013
MINUTES FROM THE CLG MEETING ON 23 APRIL 2013 NOW CONFIRMED
See our Community Liaison Group page for more information.
24 July 2013
RES DELIGHTED BY GOVERNMENT APPROVAL OF NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS POWER STATION
Leading British renewable energy company RES has today welcomed the Government's decision to grant development consent for its North Blyth Biomass Power Station, located at Battleship Wharf in Northumberland's Blyth Estuary. Once operational the 100MW power station will be able to generate low carbon electricity to power the equivalent of over 170,000 UK households* every year using sustainably sourced wood-based fuel.
The decision by the Secretary of State for Energy enables RES to deliver the £250m project, providing a significant investment in the Blyth and wider North East economy, as well as bringing hundreds of job opportunities during the two to three year construction process.
The North Blyth Biomass Power Station is RES' first biomass development, and joins an extensive and growing portfolio of onshore and offshore wind as well as solar energy projects that have been developed by the leading independent renewable energy generator.
Commenting on the positive decision, RES Project Manager Chris
"We are delighted by the Government's decision to grant permission for North Blyth Power Station, which we believe will play an important part in the strong and growing renewable energy industry in South East Northumberland. It is also a welcome confirmation of the Government's support for sustainable, low carbon energy projects which will make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK's legally binding 2020 renewable energy targets.
"We now look forward to taking the project forward to construction and to kick starting this multi-million pound investment in the Blyth Estuary area."
As a 'Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project', the North Blyth Biomass Power Station has been subject to extensive scrutiny and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, from local councils, business and environmental and statutory bodies through to national government. RES has also engaged extensively with the local communities around the project over the last four years.
Chris Lawson continues:
"We have really appreciated the interest and input that the local community has given to the North Blyth Biomass Power Station, and in particular the work of the Community Liaison Group (CLG). We will continue to work with the CLG, as well as local residents and business, as we move towards starting construction next year. We also look forward to engaging with local people on the Community Benefit Fund that the project will bring."
RES anticipates that construction will start in 2014 and would last for around two and a half years.
*The homes equivalent is based upon a 99.9MW electrical output and RES studies of dedicated operational biomass power stations in the UK. It is calculated using the Department of Energy and Climate Change 2009 annual average domestic consumption figure of 4423kWh per household/year.
18 July 2013
COMPETITIVE EPC CONTRACT TENDER UNDERWAY FOR NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS POWER STATION
RES is currently in the process of appointing a contractor to construct the proposed North Blyth Biomass Power Station. When a construction contractor has been appointed, all supplier and employment related queries will be directed to the successful contractor. Once we are able to announce who will be awarded the contract to build the North Blyth Biomass Power Station, a notice shall appear on the project website so please do keep checking back.
28 June 2013
THE BLYTH RENEWABLES FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE TOMORROW
Learn more about Biomass at the RES stand and take away information about the proposals for the North Blyth Biomass Power Station. Our team in RES t-shirts look forward to meeting you tomorrow to talk renewables!
Visit event website http://www.blythrenewablesfestival.org.uk/
2 4 June 2013
RES COUNTS DOWN TO THE BLYTH RENEWABLES
FESTIVAL - 5 DAYS TO GO
Look out for the RES stand this weekend to pick up a small
goody or two and join in our competition. Fingers crossed for
the blue skies below! Board tallship, "Stavros S Niarchos" or
revel in other festival highlights including a programme of street
entertainment, a green fairground, river trips and live
music! RES is once again sponsoring this popular event - find more
17 June 2013
COME AND SEE RES AT THE BLYTH RENEWABLES
RES is returning for another year as one of the proud sponsors of the Blyth Renewables Festival. The popular event takes place next weekend on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 2013.
"Blyth Renewables Festival aims to highlight the importance of renewable energy to the wider community, showcase the growing cluster of renewable energy related organisations around the estuary and provide a host of enjoyable themed entertainment."
The North Blyth Biomass Project Team will be stationed so do pop by the stand with any questions or for an update on the proposals.
Find more information on the event website http://www.blythrenewablesfestival.org.uk/
7 May 2013
EXAMINING AUTHORITY ISSUES RECOMMENDATION TO SECRETARY OF STATE
The Examining Authority from the Planning Inspectorate has issued its recommendation to the Secretary of State. A decision will be published on or before 2 August 2013. Please note that the Examining Authority's recommendation will also be made available at that point.
29 April 2013
MINUTES FROM THE CLG MEETING ON 22 JANUARY 2013 NOW CONFIRMED
See our Community Liaison Group page for more information.
9 April 2013
NEXT COMMUNITY LIAISON GROUP MEETING TO TAKE PLACE ON 23 APRIL 2013
The seventh North Blyth Biomass Power Station Community Liaison Group meeting will be held at North Blyth Club, Worsdell Street on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at 6:30pm.
4 February 2013
EXAMINATION PERIOD FOR PLANNING APPLICATION COMPLETE
RES has today received notification that the examination period relating to the planning application for North Blyth Biomass Power Station has ended.
The Planning Inspectorate, who examined the application, will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for whether or not to grant consent within the next 3 months. The Secretary of State will then have 3 months within which to reach a decision.
RES would like to thank all those who have participated in the planning process and will continue to keep you updated.
25 January 2013
MINUTES FROM THE CLG MEETING ON 23 OCTOBER 2012 NOW CONFIRMED
See our Community Liaison Group page for more information.
22 January 2013
UPDATE: TONIGHT'S COMMUNITIY LIAISON GROUP MEETING STILL ON...
We still intend to hold tonight's CLG meeting in Cambois despite the cold weather conditions.
8 January 2013
NEXT COMMUNITY LIAISON GROUP MEETING TO TAKE PLACE ON 22 JANUARY 2013
The sixth North Blyth Biomass Power Station Community Liaison Group meeting will be held at Charlton's, Cambois Beach on Tuesday 22 January 2013 at 6:30pm.
17 December 2012
NEXT SPECIFIC ISSUE HEARING TO TAKE PLACE ON 9 JANUARY 2013
The latest Rule 13 letter details the date for the next Specific Issue Hearing, this time focusing on the Draft Development Consent Order and Deemed Marine Licence, as Wednesday 9 January 2013.
Find more information here. If you wish to attend the hearing, please contact the Planning Inspectorate by 12 noon on 4 January 2013.
14 November 2012
PINS ISSUE DETAILS OF HEARINGS TO TAKE PLACE IN DECEMBER
As detailed in this notice, the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) will be holding the following 'Hearings' under sections 91, 92 and 93 of the Planning Act 2008 respectively at the Civic Centre, Renwick Road, Blyth, Northumberland NE24 2BX:
Specific Issue Hearings
Compulsory Acquisition Hearings
Open Floor Hearings
Please note interested parties wishing to attend a hearing must inform The Planning Inspectorate by 12 noon on the respective attendance deadline dates as detailed in the notice.
21 September 2012
NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS POWER STATION COMMUNITY LIAISON GROUP TO MEET 23RD OCTOBER 2012
The fifth North Blyth Biomass Power Station Community Liaison Group meeting is to take place on Tuesday 23rd October at 6:30pm in the North Blyth Social Club. See link below for further information.
17 September 2012
PINS PUBLISH RULE 13 LETTER
PINS issue a Rule 13 letter regarding a new date for the Specific Issue Hearing relating to the draft Development Consent Order for the proposed North Blyth Biomass Power Station. The Hearing will take place on 11 October 2012 at the Civic Centre in Blyth. Click here for more information.
15 August 2012
RULE 8 LETTER PUBLISHED BY PINS
Examination of the application for the proposed North Blyth Biomass Power Station has started. Details of the first round of the examination and the time timetable can be seen in the Rule 8 letter which was recently published by PINS.
4 July 2012
PINS PUBLISH RULE 6 LETTER
The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) have published their Rule 6 letter relating to the proposed North Blyth Biomass Power Station. This letter gives the date for the Preliminary Meeting (2 August 2012) and proposed timetable for the examination. The full letter can be viewed on the PINS website:
The Examining Inspector for this application is Mr Robert Upton.
25 June 2012
NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS POWER STATION COMMUNITY LIAISON GROUP TO MEET 10TH JULY 2012
The fourth North Blyth Biomass Power Station Community Liaison Group meeting is to take place on Tuesday 10th July at 6:30pm. See link below for further information.
24 April 2012
RES PUBLICISE PLANNING NOTICE AS PLANNING APPLICATION IS ACCEPTED FOR REVIEW BY THE PLANNING INSPECTORATE
Following the acceptance by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) of RES's formal application for a Development Consent Order (DCO), please find the relevant Section 56 planning notice here for your information.
This notice indicates the further period of consultation whereby responses are sent to the Planning Inspectorate for their consideration. In order to submit a response in relation to the Project, you must register as an Interested Party. The relevant form can be completed online or obtained from the Planning Inspectorate by telephoning 0303 444 5000. Responses should be sent to the Planning Inspectorate (National Infrastructure Directorate), Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN. The Planning Inspectorate reference for the Project should be quoted in any correspondence, which is EN010016.
Any representation or response must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 1 June 2012. Responses and other representations will be made public.
PINs will now examine the application and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State whether to grant consent. The examination period can take up to 9 months.
12 April 2012
APPLICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER ACCEPTED BY THE PLANNING INSPECTORATE
Following submission in March, the Planning Inspectorate has now confirmed formal acceptance of the submitted planning application and proposal to build a £250 million renewable energy power station at Battleship Wharf in the Port of Blyth.
RES Project Manager Chris Lawson said:
"Acceptance of our application is a major milestone and we are looking forward to participating in the next phase of consultation and providing any further information that the Planning Inspectorate may require. There is still some way to go before our plans can become a reality, but we have been greatly encouraged by the support we have received so far from local people and organisations who can see the opportunities that the proposed development represents.
"We firmly believe that the Blyth Estuary area has the facilities, the support services and the skills to become a vibrant centre for renewable energy generation projects like ours. It's a very exciting proposition which Northumberland County Council and the Port of Blyth, together with other organisations in the region, are working very hard towards. If all goes well, we hope that North Blyth biomass power station will become an integral part of the regeneration of the area, helping to create new jobs and attracting other employers to invest here as well."
For further information on the planning process, please click here.
20 March 2012
NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS POWER STATION COMMUNITY LIAISON GROUP TO MEET 24 APRIL 2012
The third North Blyth Biomass Power Station Community Liaison Group meeting is to take place on Tuesday 24 April at 6:30pm. See link below for further information.
16 March 2012
PLANS FOR NORTH BLYTH POWER STATION SUBMITTED
RES has submitted a formal application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). There now follows a period of 28 days, during which the IPC will consider the planning and consultation documents. If they are satisfied that everything is in order, they will formally accept the application.
9 January 2012
NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS POWER STATION COMMUNITY LIAISON GROUP TO MEET JANUARY 2012
RES have set up a Community Liaison Group (CLG) to improve communications between RES/North Blyth Energy Limited (NBEL) and local communities during the development of the proposed power station. The next meeting of the North Blyth Biomass Power Station CLG is scheduled for 24th January...
2 November 2011
SITE STUDIES REVEAL THAT NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS POWER STATION WILL BE A POSITIVE ASSET TO THE AREA
The benefits of the biomass power station being proposed at Battleship Wharf in the Port of Blyth will far outweigh any adverse impacts, according to the results that are emerging from detailed studies about the project. RES, the renewable energy company behind the proposal, is making the initial results of the studies available to stakeholders and the public this week.
1 November 2011
NOTICE PUBLICISING A PROPOSED APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER
North Blyth Energy Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of RES UK & Ireland, publish their Section 48 planning notice.
29 September 2011
POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM RESIDENTS' VISIT TO A WORKING BIOMASS POWER STATION
On Tuesday 16 August, 13 councillors and residents from North Blyth, Cambois and Blyth Town took the opportunity to go and see a biomass power station in action.
RES organised the visit to Stevens Croft Biomass Power Station, Lockerbie, so that residents and representatives of the local community near North Blyth - where RES is proposing to build a similar facility - could see a working biomass power station for themselves.
The trip enabled everyone to ask an independent third party about biomass power generation. It also allowed them to see and hear any likely impacts from the operations.
The feedback RES has received following the visit has been very positive, with attendees remarking that the site was 'very clean and tidy', that operations were 'not noisy at all' and that there were no unpleasant smells.
RES is currently compiling the results of the extensive public consultation it has carried out throughout 2011 in relation to its proposal to build the North Blyth biomass power station. The Consultation Report, together with the company's application for a Development Consent Order, will be submitted to the Infrastructure Planning Commission for consideration next year.
4 August 2011
RES SAYS COMMUNITY VIEWS ARE 'VITAL' IN SHAPING ITS PLANS
RES says that the feedback it has received from people in the Blyth Estuary is playing a vital role in shaping the final plans. Over the past 18 months, RES has been consulting widely with local residents, organisations and businesses. The company has participated in more than 40 face-to-face meetings and presentations and two sets of public exhibitions, held in Blyth, Cambois, and North Blyth.
NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS PROJECT NEWSLETTER 3
RES has been consulting widely with local residents, organisations and businesses. At the end of January 2011 RES held a second round of public exhibitions where the final design of the proposed biomass power station was presented to local people. We received positive and productive feedback about the project..
14 Jan 2011
FINAL DETAILS OF NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS PROJECT PROPOSAL TO GO ON SHOW
As part of the consultation process for the proposed North Blyth Biomass Power Station, renewable energy developer RES will be holding a second series of public exhibitions in the area during the last week of January. The exhibitions will unveil the final design for the power plant along with the results of RES's environmental and technical studies prior to submitting the planning application in the Spring.
RES SUPPORTS WATBus COMMUNITY MINIBUS
RES has provided £5,000 of support to local community minibus charity WATBus. WATBus do a fantastic job supporting the local community. RES is pleased to be able to help their fundraising to buy a new minibus, which will help many people and groups to access and enjoy local amenities.
20 September 2010
PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS SHOW LOCAL SUPPORT FOR THE NORTH BLYTH BIOMASS PROJECT
A series of public exhibitions recently took place for RES's proposed biomass power plant in North Blyth. The exhibitions were part of its pre-application community consultation activities for the 100MW renewable energy project and provided an opportunity for local people to find out more about the project, ask questions and voice any concerns. Feedback at the exhibitions showed a good level of support for the proposal from the local community.
7 September 2010
RES will be starting a consultation process with the local community to present our current plans. This process will enable the community to provide comments and feedback on our proposal.
1 September 2010
A newsletter about North Blyth Biomass Project has gone out to houses around the site to explain our plans in more detail. We would be happy to cover any issues in more detail in forthcoming newsletters. If you would like to see anything discussed in more detail, please let us know.
29 April 2010
REGION TO REAP BENEFITS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY
AS the renewable energy sector grows, the North East is
well-placed to reap the economic and environmental benefits.
10 December 2009
BIOMASS POWER PROJECT TO RELOCATE TO NORTH BLYTH
Leading UK renewable energy company chosen as preferred developer to regenerate port site.
7 May 2009
RES TO BRING GREEN JOBS TO PORT OF BLYTH WITH BIOMASS POWER PLANT
New site will make the most of Port infrastructure and reduce road use.